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Mini DV Camera: Moving your video onto a computer

November 4, 2009 by Antonella Caloro

On the Mac side:

1.    Connect your Macbook to the camera via fire wire ONLY (the 4-pin port is located in the interior of the LCD screen housing, marked “DV”). Connect large end (6-pin) fire wire cable to Macbook.
Do NOT force cable. Be careful not to try to insert fire wire into USB port
2.    Turn camera ON
3.    Turn camera dial to playback mode (green play arrow must be selected)
4.    Launch iMovie
5.    From the iMovie File Menu select “Import from Camera”. A window will pop up. If you want the whole video to be captured automatically, from begin to end, leave the “Automatic” feature from the toggle switch on (it is the default). You can also choose to import manually if you want to play and stop the video in order to choose specific parts of the video
6.    Click “import”
7.    Choose a destination to save your video
8.    Enter a name for your video un the box “create new event”
9.    Click “import”
10.    Click “stop” when your video is over or when you want to stop the capture

On the Windows side:

1.    Connect your Macbook to the camera via fire wire ONLY (the 4-pin port is located in the interior of the LCD screen housing, marked “DV”). Connect large end (6-pin) fire wire cable to Macbook.
Do NOT force cable. Be careful not to try to insert fire wire into USB port
2.    Turn camera ON
3.    Turn camera dial to playback mode (green play arrow must be selected)
4.    Open Windows Moviemaker
5.    From the file menu select “Capture Video”. The Video Capture Wizard will open
6.     Enter a title for the capture video file. Choose a destination to save your captured video
7.     Click “next” on the video capture wizard
8.    Select the video quality: follow the on screen guide to choose the video quality suitable for your project
9.    Click “next” on the video capture wizard
10.    Choose whether you want to capture the entire video from the mini dv tape automatically or capture parts of the video manually
11.    Click “next”
12.    Use either the camera playback controls or the on screen playback control (i.e. play, pause, fast-forward)
13.    Press “play” and press the “start capture” button if you are ready to capture the video
14.    Click on “stop capture” button when your video is over
15.    Click “finish”
16.    Your video is ready (to edit if you need to edit it)

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